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Private Contractors Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 16:31

The majority of UNISON members work in the public sector, but after more than 20 years of privatisation and outsourcing, more and more of our members are employed by private sector organisations. Approximately 130,000 of our members now work for private companies that deliver public services.

A growing number of multinational companies operate in the public sector, including Capita, Compass, Four Seasons, ISS, Serco, Sodexo and Veolia, but UNISON represents members in more than 13,000 individual private employers. Our private contractor members include hospital cleaners, care workers, administration officers, school meals staff and call centre workers.

If you work for a private contractor that delivers public services, you are likely to be eligible to join UNISON.

UNISON’s Private Contractors Unit provides a co-ordinated approach to the union’s work in the private sector at a national level.

We negotiate national recognition agreements with private sector employers and support our private sector members in bargaining at a local level. We are currently exploring ways of providing members in the private sector with better representation within UNISON’s democratic structures.

The unit also offers general advice and support to regions and branches on matters relating to private contractors.

Application for Financial Assistance Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 12:04


Tax refund no longer available Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2016 16:15

Please note that the UNISON plus Tax Refund Service is no longer a UNISON-endorsed service and has been withdrawn from the membership benefits package.

UNISON branches and regions should try to remove all ‘Tax Refund Company’ marketing material from circulation with immediate effect.

The union will review of the demand for a UNISON-endorsed tax refund service.

In the meantime, we will publicise information and guidance on undertaking a tax code check and making a tax refund claim.

UNISON would welcome feedback from members who have used the Tax Refund Service to inform the review and assess the value of a UNISON-endorsed tax refund service provider

Striking is never easy Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 11:12

For many UNISON members the thought of industrial action is scary, not least because many of them have never been on strike before.

And with that fear comes the worry that any action we take is pointless - that the odds are just too great.

So it's always good to remind ourselves exactly what industrial action can achieve. And here are four brief examples from the archive.

Yes, It’s An Astra. Yes, It’s On The Partners Programme. Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:03

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